Release Date: 11/25/2004
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The Good: Looks good, great characters, hilarious commentary, solid game play, lots of extra content
The Bad: Very hard, lame mini-games, some minor frame rate hitches
I’m not really a traditional sports fan, but when something as outrageous as the Outlaw series passes under my radar I have no choice, but to pick it up. Outlaw Golf 2 is very mature, outrageous and fun. What makes the series so outrageous are the characters that range from mentally insane to sexually charged (such as Summer and Autumn). The game has a lot of modes such as Tour, Exhibition, Driving Range, and well as a couple of mini-games.
The game play is pretty simple and plays like most other golf games, but with some twists. When driving down the green you can switch camera angles to where your ball is going to fly. You can change the power and this is also adjusted upon swinging. The game has a swing stick setup so swinging the analog stick is pretty accurate, and not too finicky. If you time the swing right you can go over 100% shot and do a power shot, but watch out because you over shoot where you want the ball to land. There are course hazards to look out for so you really need to watch out. If you start doing poorly your composure meter will drop and bring it back up and you can play one of two mini-games. These are a golf cart game to get a perfect shot or you can beat up your caddy. They are fun at first, but after a few tries, you get tired of them. One feature I like is while putting you get three tries at a guideline. Hit square once and you’ll see a line to the hole. One feature I love is the Gimme feature and this allows you to just press square during a putting replay to let you go ahead and sink the ball for an extra shot. This is only if your ball is almost in the cup, and didn’t quite make it.
I love the game’s mature commentary and smart alack remarks to the players. The intros and small animations of the characters are either funny or sexy. The best part about the game is that the mature content didn’t get in the way of the game being good. However, the game is very hard to beat especially in tour mode. Even after trying over 10 times I still couldn’t beat the first tournament against Killer Miller. You have to get ahead in the first hole or you’re never going to win. Even if you factor in all the golf aspects like wind, elevation etc you still have a hard time winning.
The game looks pretty good even for today. The courses look great, the characters look great so you have something nice to look at. The only issues I saw were some slowdown due to the PS2’s limitations, but they didn’t hinder game play. Since the online servers are shut down (and there’s probably no one playing even if they weren’t) online play couldn’t be tested, but I’m sure it would have been really fun and competitive. There is a lot of extra content like videos, outfits, clubs, and balls so you have many hours of game play and there are a lot of characters to play as well. If you’re tired of your traditional golf games pick up Outlaw Golf 2 and you should have a good time.